Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Foreign Extra Stout is brewed with generous hops and roasted barley for a bittersweet balance and full-flavored, natural bite. Developed for global export from Ireland, the addition of extra hops ensured this Stout would arrive in perfect condition. Today it is enjoyed by millions around the world.

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Photo of atis
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with off-white/brownish head in one finger thickness that lasts for very long time, generous lacing. Perfect. Aroma is roasted sweetish malt, moderate fruitiness, not very complex. Taste is bittery roasted, some burnt grain with very, very dry finish and sweetish light warming aftertaste. Smooth medium mouthfeel.

Overall, drinkability was low for me, because of the flavour too intense. I am not used to it and will use this beer for training sessions.

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Photo of mbrasi
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to Tayner for this brew. Pours black with a large fluffy brown head that leaves its mark on the glass as it dissipates. Has an aroma of wood, smoke, and roast. Flavor is a little watery still but an immense improvement over the standard guinness products. This is actually quite enjoyable since I started trying different brews with guinness, I love that malty, woody, smoky, coffee flavor of guinness. This brew is all of the flavor that makes regular guiness good, but with more intensity that makes this brew great. A nice strong borderline session brew.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a tulip type glass. Not the best type glass, but that's all I got in the Bahamas. Served in Freeport Grand Bahama.

A: A deep cloudy black color that pours thick and creamy with a slight off white head. Miminal glass lacing.

S: Roasted malts, tons of them with a nice hops nose. Very different and very surprising.

T: A roasted malt flavor jumps out with a hint of some toffee or butterscotch and a bit of chocolate. Thick and creamy. But here was the surprise. Hops, lots of hops. Not Storm King hops, but a nice grassy hoppy bitterness that follows the whole way through the beer. Wow, so good. This is really Guinness? Very good.

M: Thick and creamy and coating. Lingers for awhile too.

D: High for a 7.5%er. Very nice, they go down silky smooth and are very drinkable.

Overall this beer NEEDS to be sent to the US. What an improvement over our US Guinness by leaps and bounds. What an excellent beer, glad I enjoyed a few.

PS. I managed to bring one back to enjoy so I can be reminded of the sun and fun 3 months from now when I drink it.

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Photo of vancurly
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard half-pint. BB 30/04/09

a) Two-finger head....heavy set and stable. Rocky, frothy tan surface. Like a moonscape. The beer ? Black.... impenetrable. Foamy lacing coats the glass as it empties.

s) Marvelous & complex. Black olive & balsamic, slight fleshy note. Caramel. Slight brininess.

f) Rich. Bitter chocolate & coffee milkshake. Charry notes, with firm, lingering bitterness. Aftertastes of blackened beef and some dark spirit, perhaps Bundy.

m) Silky smooth, yet not overly heavy or syrupy. A good ride..

d) Superb. Best of its style I've probably had. Could drink several pints of this, no worries.

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Photo of bmwats
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

Actually picked up a few of these when I was in Dublin checking out the brewery. Glad I did. . .

A: Black with light to medium carbonation. Pours about a 3 finger, brownish gray, frothy, craterous head. Settles into a half finger layer of foam. Foam continues to cling to the glass leaving lacing as it does. Head eventually completely settles to a thin layer, heavy lacing remains throughout.

S: Strong yeast, malt, licorice, with subtle chocolate and nutty undertones.

T: Really bitter, hoppy, yeasty, and a little malt. Creamy with a hint of sweet. Bittersweet chocolate and pecan shells.

M: Bitterness really steps out. Strong alcohol taste. The licorice comes into play. Hops linger and pretty much dominate the aftertaste. A kind of syrupy feel, and finishes a bit dry.

D: Good one to sip on. Again, strong alcohol, but not in a bad way.

Strong, flavorful, good complex taste, and good atmosphere. This is a quality quaff -one to save for a special occasion, savor, and enjoy- if you can get your hands on one.

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Photo of armock
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back a few cans from my recent trip to the Atlantis in Nassau Bahamas.

A - Looks like your normal Guinness black with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt with strong toffee scents

T - Way better than American Guinness roasted malt with a slightly sweet toffee

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Again way better than American Guinness Great taste thats easy to drink I wish that I brought way more back from the Bahamas

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Photo of Yesac
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on trade from jspruit - thanks!

Let this one warm up!

A - Pours in a classic Guinness jet black color. Large foamy light brown head that fades to a thin layer.

S - Has that typical dry stout smell, hard to explain.. best I can describe it is a roasted malt.. and toffee type smell.

T - For its complexity in taste, it drinks very smooth. From start to finish it flows so smoothly together. Goes along with the smell.. its got a big java note with a roasted malt backround and it finishes with a spicy bitter bite that is more intense then the Guinness here in the states. I'd much rather have this then the version we're stuck with.

M - Very smooth on the palate. Medium/High carbonation that sweeps the palate clean and not sticky.

D - The only thing that might keep people away from this is the bite at the end. It's intense and could be toned down. Overall this is a smooth drinker and is pretty complex, not as mono tasting as a typical dry stout or the version we have here.

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Photo of KeefD
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank several of these over the course of the day in Nassau, The Bahamas. I had it both in bottles and cans, but this review is from notes I took at the Hard Rock Cafe from a bottle. Pours a solid black color with very dark brown highlights on the edge of the glass developing no noticeable head or lacing in the frozen pint into which it was poured. Aroma of toffee, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit and red grapes. Flavor is pretty on par with the nose. A noticeable red grape skin flavor, raisins, dates, dark brown sugar, light coffee and chocolate flavor and a nice hop bitterness on the finish. Very complex and tasty. Creamy on the tongue with a nice bite at the end. While I did manage to put back quite a few of these over the course of the day (they were only $2.40 for single cans and bottles) the 7.5% alcohol can catch up to you. Very delicious and the best Guinness beer I've had to date.

Best beer in the Bahamas, hands down.

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Photo of gyllstromk
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love how Guinness is so consumed with Irish identity that they'd name their Russian Imperial Stout "Foreign Extra" rather than risk the cross-national branding.

I poured this into a small glass, with a large, velvety, caramel head. The body is totally black and opaque.

Smell is characteristic Guinness yeast, with chocolate malt and some licorice.

Taste is a sour variant of Guinness, with dark fruits and tannins. Alcohol is well masked.

Guinness is wet for a strong stout.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Picked this one up during a trip to St. Thomas. Drank froma pint glass.

A: Very dark brown/ black body. Nice tan head. Some nice lacing left on the glass.

S: Lots of roasted malt. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Better than Guiness I've had in the past that was purchased in the US. Full of roasted malt but never really got sweet. Nice roasty bitterness throughout.

M: Medium bodied. A little more crisp then the domestic guiness and not as smoothe; probably due to the lack of widget or nitro tap.

D: Very nice drinking beer. I could easily polish of a few of these over the course of a night. I'll definitely seek this out during future trips outside the US.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from my friend who brought it back from Ireland for me.

A - Dark chocolate brown with that milky, chocolate head sitting on the top. Has a nice one finger head and have to say this looks great. Also leaves a ton of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of burnt malt and roasted chocolate; there is also a slight hint of brandied plums, caramel, and vanilla. I usually don't like a nose that is mostly roasted flavors but this one manages to do it well.

T - first taste is dark and bitter cocoa and blueberries; reminds me a bit of the Dark Horse too at first. There are is the burnt malt which gives the beer a slight strong alcohol and astringent taste. On the back end, there is a hint of caramel sweetness which keeps it all together. I have to say I can notice the alcohol a bit which is surprising. Additionally, it is worth noting that this is waaay better than regular Guinness which I don't even like. The flavors are much bigger and stronger and prevalent throughout. If this were a widely available , I'd drink Guinness all the time.

MF- a good bit of carbonation and a slightly astringent feeling makes your tongue tingle throughout. The body is average, thicker than normal Guinness but thinner than big stouts.

D - Overall one of the best Irish dry stouts I've had. I don't realyl care for this style but here Guinness comes through. The flavors are big and there. You get the strong roasted flavors combined with a hint of sweetness that makes it all balanced throughout the drink.

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Photo of kinger
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What an enjoyable stout, I wasn't expecting it to be this good. Poured a thick black with a decent head and ample amounts of thick sticky lacing. The aroma was bitter and filled with nice roasted malts. Thick mouthfeel that is full and satisfying. The flavor is chock full of dark roasted malts and a strong bitter quality, slightly nutty with decent traces of coffee and chocolate. A wonderful find for an unseasonably chilly spring night.

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Photo of clintone
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one in the Bahamas, a little overpriced at $2.50-$3.00 a bottle, but almost every beer was, and this was by far the best beer I found there

A- A nice color black with a good head on it

S- Strong roasty/coffee-like smell, pretty good, nice and strong, which I like in a stout

T- Kind of bitter, has a roasted/coffee-like taste to it, fairly strong flavor, very good though

M- Not as creamy as I expected, but still very good, nice as smooth

D- Decent drinkability, I had up to about 4 or so in a row, so it was definitely drinkable

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Photo of deepsouth
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to trill for the opportunity to try this one...

this beer poured thinner than i expected. jet black with no head.

the smell is roasted malt, light coffee, a tad buttery & milk chocolate. fantastic.

the taste is complex. woody and dark pitted fruits. a joy on the palate.

the mouthfeel is thinner than i expected it to be, but not bad.

this beer has an awesome aftertaste. they must pour one of these into six US guinness beers and fill the rest up with water and ship it over here. this is a damn fine beer that i wish were the standard guinness in the states.

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Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a hint of transparency around the edges. Good head retention on this one.

Smell: Charred malts with a touch of acidity. Not a ton going on in the aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and dry. Baker's chocolate, coffee and a hint of smoke. I'm surprised at how much this still tastes like regular old Guinness, just with actual flavor and body. Dry through and through with a medium-full body. This is excellent stuff, it's a shame that it has such limited distribution.

Notes: Got this one as an extra from johnnnniee. Thanks! Definitely one of the cooler extras I've ever received.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carib it would appear turn their hand to anything and everything. This product is one of their best.

275ml bottle (like all their other beers), best before May 2009, drank June 2008.

Poured into a half-pint tumbler on the hotel balcony. Looked just like a normal Guinness, dark and with a good deep tan head.

The aroma, taste and mouthfeel all seemed overly burnt. Dry and bitter with some caramel trying to be heard in the mix.

Rich, but not creamy, burnt malts ruled the brew and for some could have ruined it too.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with some light brwn hues. Large 2 finger khaki colored head that falls to a spotty wet lacing.
Roasted grains, coffee and "rum". Maybe the islands are still on my mind but I swear I smell rum in this beer.
Big roasted character with some toffee and a grainy like hop bitterness. There really is no comparison to the Guinness Extra Stout and this one. The FES is by far the better beer.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, light on the carbonation. A syrupy. Nice crisp feel from the hops.
Very drinkable, very good stout.
Will someone please tell me why we don't have this one in the states.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black - very black with a thin head.

S: Malty and caramel. Smells heavy.

T: Malty and roasted, perhaps even a bit smoky.

M: Full and lush with a slight alcohol burn.

D: Excellent stout. If I didn't know any better I might would have placed it in a heavy Scottish Ale category.

Guinness is the beer that I used to drink 20 years ago when I started enjoying better beers. Now I've tasted the "real thing" and wonder why they sucked all the flavor, alcohol and smell out of the American version and replaced it with bubbles!

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a couple in the British Virgin Islands.

A - Poured out a jet black color with a caramel colored, two-finger head that left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of rich malt. Chocolate and caramel flavors were quite strong, too. It had a coffee like taste.

M - It was thick and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Great beer, far better than the version we get in the states.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two and a half fingers of light brown head over a solid black body. Head reduced quickly to a thin layer.

Smell - 4.0
A strong, rich smell of stewed fruit, roasted and chocolate malt. Noticeable alcohol, slightly burnt smell.

Taste - 4.0
I can't really imagine a strong stout tasting any better than this. Sweet, smooth and malty to begin with, stewed fruit, dark chocolate, finishes very burnt and bitter, overly so in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Very nice, moderate fine carbonation, heavy in the mouth, quite thick.

Drinkability - 3.0
Would I buy it again? Possibly. Would I have a second in one sitting? Never. Despite the mostly good taste, drinking one was not easy.

OVERALL - 3.95
Again, I have to give the disclaimer that in general, I do not like dry stouts. This is unquestionably a quality beer that I did enjoy, but I think you have to be a true lover of the black stuff to truly appreciate this brew.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I went over to London for a vacation recently and finally got the chance to try Guinness' Foreign Extra Stout. It lives up to the hype!

A - Solid looking stout with a black/brown body and a firm head.

S - Roasty, chocolatey goodness.

T - Nice flavorful roasted malt taste with coffee and chocolate being the fore-front tastebud tantalizers. Much more taste than a regular Guinness.

M - Way stronger than their standard brew!

D - Oh yeah, this one goes down easily but with the added bonus of tastiness!

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Photo of AZTEX
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a bottle into a glass. It had a nice thick, creamy 2 finger foam that lasted about halfway down the glass before it began to disappear. It had a light, roasty smell. The taste was very good. It starts out smooth and creamy before it becomes slightly acidic/sour and finishes with a refreshing hoppiness. This beer has a lighter mouthfeel than most stouts and porters, but it is very creamy and satisfying. A very drinkable stout with a refreshing finish that is dry and hoppy, with a slightly sour edge. Very good if you like stout. I will definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having heard and read many positive things about the Foreign Extra Stout, I knew this was one I needed to find when traveling recently to Bermuda. Most Guinness pours on 'The Island' are the garden variety 'Draught' version, but shop the local groceries and bottle shops and be rewarded with the 'FES'.

I picked up a six-pack ($12) at Henry's Pantry, Southampton Parish. Poured this 33 cl bottle to a pint glass back in good ol' Portland.

Best before: 26/01/09

A: Perfectly black, but for thin threads of auburn near the top and bottom of the glass. Head is a creamy 2+ fingers, slow to fall, dusty tan in color. Lace is superb, clinging in wide curtain-like bands.

S: Dark roasted aroma, chocolate-y and earthy. Smells a bit of ash and pitch, with a semi-sweet lactic note.

T: Dark, almost burnt, malt hits upfront. Mix is an acrid espresso coffee and a bittersweet (emphasis: bitter) raw chocolate. Some tangy fruit and a sly malted milk creep in, but mostly this one is about an undeniably big roast.

M: Sneaky mouthfeel starts smooth and creamy, seemingly very light. Powerful bitterness builds and builds, all after just one sip, leaving a long-lasting mouth-filling coating that's worth savoring. Low carbonation, velvety. Alcohol is all but undetectable.

D: A real treat. I can't say this is the Guinness version I'd want exclusively (flavors a bit oppressive after a while, abv is pretty high), but it's one I'd love to have again and would want to have access to when the craving hit. Unfortunately, a trip back to Bermuda isn't in the cards anytime soon, so I'll have to find the right time and place to enjoy these last couple hoo.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black, 2 fingers of brownish head which reduced.

Smell - The usual strong coffee smell.

Taste - Certainly stronger than Australian brewed Guinness Extra Stout, but not any better.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth.

Drinkability - Higher ABV, but not really any harder to drink than GES.

Overall - Unfortunately, this fails to improve on regular GES.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes straight from Ireland, thanks to jspruit for trading me a few. Had been curious for some time to see how the version in Ireland differs from the version we get here in the states. Mostly though, I will review this as just another stout.

Pours dark, like any stout should, and a good inch and a half of soft, billowy foam forms. Very good retention of course, some lacing as well.

The smell of Guinness is there (a tangy yeast aroma) but this one has a bitter kick to it and clearer aromas of chocolate, toffee, and cocoa. A bit of chocolate milk as it warms up. A touch of vanilla and lactose sweetness is there too.

Hop bitterness up front with bitter chocolate and a roasted finish. Bitter and dry on the finish with a nutty aftertaste. Don't have too much to say about this one, it's just ok. The bitterness seems to tone down as it warms up but I didn't even pour this one cold so it might just be my palate getting use to it.

Mouth-feel is semi-dry with a slight cookie dough after taste and roasted bitterness.

Not a big fan of this one but there's more going on here than on the stuff we get that's for sure.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,292 ratings.
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